Lions roar back in 49-39 win over Vols

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AJ falls to 0-2

By Kim Roberts


RICHBURG – Andrew Jackson vaulted to a 25-7 first-half lead only to see Lewisville’s Lions roar back to capture a 49-39 win in an offensive explosion at Lewisville High School on Friday, Sept. 6.

The Lions’ Dre Bailey spearheaded the Lions’ offense with 140 yards rushing on 28 carries, including five touchdowns. LHS quarterback Cody Montgomery was steady in the second half, hitting 7 of 9 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Quick-starting AJ jumped to a 25-7 spread in the first half behind junior quarterback Kolby Whitley. After an initial Lewisville score, AJ marched 60 yards in eight plays, with Whitley sneaking the last yard. The extra point was blocked and AJ trailed, 7-6.

AJ then held on downs and Whitley promptly scampered 51 yards for the go-ahead TD. The two-point conversion failed. At the 4:47 mark in the first period, AJ was up 12-7.

An alert Corley Faulkenberry recovered a LHS fumble and the Vols made the Lions pay for the turnover. The Vols moved 27 yards in five plays, with a Whitley to Dustin Eddins completion from the seven capping the scoring drive. The extra point was no good and AJ led 18-7 with 2:14 left in the first period.

Midway in the second quarter, AJ linebacker Alex Jackson recovered a fumble at the LHS 25. Three plays later, Whitley again found Eddins with a 20-yard scoring strike. McKenzie Dinkins drilled the kick and AJ seemed to be in control, 25-7.

The Lions quickly responded with a seven-play, 63-yard scoring drive. Montgomery slipped in from the two to complete the score.

AJ thwarted the two-point conversion and led 25-13 with 3:43 left in the half.

LHS recovered the onside kick and moved 38 yards in three plays. Bailey dashed in from the eight. Osveldo Sarduy converted the kick to slice the AJ lead to 25-20 at the half.

On Lewisville’s first drive in the second half, the Lions moved 74 yards in 10 plays to take the lead for good. Bailey scored from the six-yard line to cap the drive. Montgomery sliced into the end zone for the two-point conversion, 28-25.

The Lions extended their lead with a 14-play, 68-yard drive late in the third quarter.

Bailey found Shyheim McClurkin in the end zone from six yards out. Sarduy added the extra point to up the LHS lead to 10, 35-25 with 11:30 left.

The AJ defense set up the next score. Jared Hayes recovered the ball at the Lions 22 after a punt hit a LHS player in the head.

Two plays later, Corley Faulkenberry was the recipient of a scoring strike from Whitley from the six. Dinkins’ kick gave the Vols hope, 35-32 with 9:58 to go.

LHS, 2-1, responded with a 74-yard, seven-play drive, capped by Bailey from the AJ 24. Sarduy’s  extra point extended the LHS lead, 42-32 with 7:50 left.

The never-say die Vols struck in one play when Whitley found Tray King on a 54-yard scoring bomb. Dinkins again was true on the extra point, and the Vols trailed 45-42 with 7:38 left.

LHS salted away the game, grinding out a 65-yard, nine-play drive, with Bailey scampering 19 yards for the game’s final score.

“We just didn’t have the same effort as we did last week,” said Moore. “ I do not know why we did not play together as team at times last night.

“We will regroup, and get ready for next week,” said Moore.

AJ is back home Friday to face Class A foe McBee High School in a 7:30 p.m. clash. Chesterfield posted a 47-7 win over McBee on Friday night.

Lewisville hosts Indian Land, which evened its mark at 1-1 with a 37-0 home win over 0-2 Blacksburg.